London Book Fair 2019

English Pen Literary Cafe

London Book Fair crops up almost a full month earlier for 2019, taking place at Olympia, London, from 12th-14th March.

It’s a vast, sprawling space filled with people who haven’t slept in days and aren’t quite sure where they’re going – a bit like an international airport but with the added requirement of being ready to schmooze at a moment’s notice.

Previously a trade fair for literary agents and publishers, the Fair is increasing skewed towards writers, with The Author Club and Author HQ, a dedicated theatre offering the chance of agent one-to-ones and seminars attracting more than 3,700 authors and aspiring authors across the three days of the Fair. Popular topics include plotting, character, voice and pacing.

Look out for the Writer’s Summit and New Title Showcase too. For a head’s up on what agents are eyeing up this year, read The Bookseller’s insight piece on agent hotlists.

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A very Penguin Advent

Penguin animationHave you spotted the Penguin Advent calendar? It’s only just come to my attention, and I’ve spent the last ten minutes clicking through the days I’ve missed – a bit like eating all the chocolates at once, only more far satisfying!

Each day features a different quirky animation (like this Penguin-interpretation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – genius!), a comment, recommendation or Christmas greeting from an author, a one-day discount or something else book-related and festive.

It’s fab fun – head to Penguin’s Advent Calendar to discover it for yourself!